Following in the footsteps of his elder sister, actress Sonam Kapoor, Harshvardhan Kapoor chose an able director and a MASSIVE project for his Bollywood debut. But just like Sonam Kapoor’s debut Saawariya, directed by the poetic Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s poetry on screen Mirzya may not be a smash hit at the box office. It is not to say that Harshvardhan Kapoor or Saiyami Kher didn’t work on their craft or that Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra didn’t make an honest effort to make a good film. Despite the grandiosity of the the project, the director has failed to create a definitive connect with his audience with Mirzya. If you see Mirzya in parts, you may feel that it is a well-mounted movie, but in its entirety, a loose screenplay and direction make it a tedious watch. Read our full review of Mirzya and decide for yourself if Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s latest offering is worth your time and money!
What’s Mirzya about
Okay, so the title and trailer itself were self-explanatory. Mirzya is a reincarnation drama about legendary lovers Mirza-Sahiban. Just like Laila-Majnu or Romeo and Juliet, Mirzya is a story about star crossed lovers Mirza and Sahiban. Though the original folk story is set in Punjab, Mehra’s adaption is against the vivid and vibrant backdrop of Rajasthan. In a nutshell, a rich and privileged girl (Saiyami Kher) falls for a village simpleton (Harshvardhan Kapoor) and then their love story begins, only to end in a tragic, dramatic way.
The filmmaker shuttles between the two narrations: Present day story of Suchitra and Adil Mirza and the legendary Mirza Sahiban of folklore. Between all this, he has tried to capture the drama, tragedy, pathos and passion of the eternal lovers.
What’s hot in Mirzya
The portions shot in Leh, which we also see in the Miryza trailer, are pleasing to the eye with beautiful cinematography. Harshvardhan Kapoor makes a genuine attempt to play the lovelorn Mirza and his vacant, haunting eyes make you almost empathise with his plight! The title track of Mirzya works well to accentuate Harshvardhan’s look but that’s about it.
As mentioned earlier, the director’s imagery is bold and vivid. Almost like an indulgent painter who fills up his entire canvas in bold, enchanting colours! You may lose yourself in the picturesque beauty of it all and may feel like some of the portions are shot like poetry in motion. But apart from this, there is hardly anything which stands out in the movie. ALSO READ: Virender Sehwag’s Mirzya movie review: An incredible love story! Cricketer promotes Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher on Twitter
What’s not in Mirzya
To start with, the filmmaker fails to maintain a connect with his audience with Mirzya. We are not exactly moved by the dramatic depiction of this tragic love story. Though Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher try hard, you seldom feel for them or get drawn towards the story or its narration of Mirzya.
The film also suffers from a bad screenplay (why Gulzar, why?). To add to this, Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music does nothing to save the reincarnation flick. In fact, most songs come and go in Mirzya without a warning and you are left contemplating their existence all the while. The dances, added to give the film a rustic, folksy feel do not complement to the overall plot, often making the scenes unintentionally funny.
You do not get goosebumps as Sahiban’s brothers strike an arrow into Mirza’s heart. It’s like something just doesn’t add up, despite a grand setting and larger-than-life imagery. There are many loose ends in the film. You are not given any explanation for certain things. Like when Suchi’s bethroned Prince Karan shoots Mirza in the middle of a jungle, he doesn’t die and you don’t know why! The film is chequered with similar errors. ALSO READ: Mirzya: 5 Reasons why Harshvardhan Kapoor-Saiyami Kher’s film may FAIL to impress the masses!
More importantly, the performances of both Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher are rough around the edges, but that is expected since it’s their first film.
Verdict: Go for Mirzya if you must. Go if you love grand settings and are a sucker for tragic love stories! But do not expect miracles. The key is to keep your expectations at the lowest.
Rating: 2/5 | Edited by Shweta Parande